Local Weightlifters Chase State Bid at 1-A Sectional Meet

Panama City Beach, FL---The Arnold Marlins welcomed 13 teams throughout the area, as local weightlifters looked to earn themselves a spot in the state championships in the class 1-A sectional meet on Wednesday.

The top lifter in each weight class would take a guaranteed spot in the state finals April 25-26th in Kissemmee.

Those who finish in the top four in their class also possess a good chance to make it to state.

Choctaw lead the way in terms of team points with 47, with two lifters finishing first in their classes, Ojeda in the 119-pond class and Forte in the 154-pound class. Another six including CJ Rothrock in the attached highlights above, helped the Indians get the win.

Arnold's Stephen Foster here did manage a successful bench in the video above. He failed to advance but two of his teammates, Sipe (199) and Anderson (219) won their classes, four more finishing top four and could still advance.

Bozeman's Alex Rosa won the heavyweight class, Vernon with two class winners and 3 more top four.

Here are the final team standings:

Rank Team Points
1 Choctaw 47
2 Vernon 40
3 Arnold 39
4 North Bay Haven 21
5 West Florida 19
6 Bay 15
7 Marianna 10
8 Bozeman 7
9 Baker 6
10 Jay 4
11 Graceville 3
12 Chipley 3
13 Gulf Breeze 2

The State meet set for Kissimmee the 25th and 26th.